NME readers vote Kristen Stewart as their choice to play Patti Smith in ‘Just Kids’ TV series

'Twilight' actress finished ahead of Charlotte Gainsbourg and in poll results

NME readers have voted Kristen Stewart as their choice to play Patti Smith in the upcoming TV series of her critically-acclaimed memoir Just Kids.

Just Kids was published in 2010 and follows Smith’s early life and friendship/relationship with late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. US cable network Showtime will produce a limited series adaptation of the book, co-written and co-produced by Smith with screenwriter and television producer John Logan.

NME asked readers to vote for who they want to see take on the role of Smith in the series with Stewart winning by a landslide, polling nearly half of all votes (46 per cent). Stewart is best known for her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight franchise and has also appeared in Still Alice and On The Road as well as playing Joan Jett in 2010 film The Runaways.

Other actresses who NME readers deemed capable of playing Smith included Charlotte Gainsbourg (30 per cent), Lizzy Caplan (five per cent) and Cate Blanchett (three per cent).


Smith herself has previously picked out Stewart as an actress who could play her on screen. “Kristen has a very special quality,” Smith told Entertainment Weekly in 2012. “She’s not conventionally beautiful, but very charismatic.”

Smith released a statement on the Showtime project, saying, “A limited series on Showtime will allow us to explore the characters more deeply, enabling us to develop stories beyond the book and allow a measure of unorthodox presentation.”

“The medium of a television limited series offers narrative freedom and a chance to expand upon the themes of the book.”

Smith recently announced a sequel to Just Kids, titled M Train, which will be released on October 6. It has been described as a “roadmap” through Smith’s life.